APD Notices

May is National Bicycle Safety Awareness Month!

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Albany Police Department, in partnership with the New York State Department of Health, New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, AAA Hudson Valley, Albany County Traffic Safety Education and the City School District of Albany, participated in National Bike to School Day at the Albany School of Humanities on Whitehall Road. As kids began to arrive at school, many on their bicycles - officers, teachers, at AAA’s “Otto the Auto” were there to greet them and talk to them about bicycle safety.  Members of the APD’s traffic safety unit also had a police motorcycle on display, the mounted unit brought the horses and a K9 dog was even available for the kids to pet and play with. The students even got to visit with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Chief Robert Sears who
 encouraged kids participating in a bicycle rodeo course in the rear of the school. The students then participated in a bicycle safety sing-a-long inside the school with Albany County Traffic Safety Educator, William Van Alstyne where they received special reflective wrist straps as a prize for their participation. The wrist straps say “Look Left, Right, Left” as a constant reminder to be safe. 

On Saturday May 5th and Saturday May 12th, the Albany Police Department and Albany Police AthleticLeague hosted two bicycle safety rodeos in the city. The first was held at Albany Police Headquarters on Henry Johnson Boulevard. The second was held at the Jewish Community Center on Whitehall Road. At both events, participants got to practice their bicycle skills on a safety course with members of the APD. Anyone without a helmet received one courtesy of our partners at Martin, Harding and Mazzoti Law Firm. A special thanks also to the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) also for providing participants with orange reflective vests to always keep them visible when riding their bikes.  Several new bicycles were also given away as part of a raffle. 

On Friday, May 18, the Albany Police Department participated 
in National Bike to Work Day with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and many others from the City of Albany. The group met at Clinton Avenue and North Manning Boulevard and rode their bicycles to Stacks Espresso Baron Broadway in an effort to raise awareness about bicycle safety and the encouraged use of bicycles as a means of transportation in the City of Albany.